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Asking Questions

September 25th, 2017 by G.

In the spirit of the Benedict Option, this post will highlight some practical things that Mormons do to keep their youth faithful and on the strait and narrow.  We do much better than most in those regards (though we only look successful comparatively, we have a long way to go ourselves).  The two efforts tend to be intertwined because the sexual revolution is probably the single biggest challenge to faith in our era.  And that is the first pointer.  There is no alternative to biting the bullet and taking a firm line in opposition to the sexual revolution.  Yes, some will leave because of it.  But if you waffle, the same folks plus others will simply drift away, because it won’t be clear that your faith offers anything concrete.

So here are a couple of practical things the Mormons do. (more…)

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September 25th, 2017 06:04:33

Damnation or Eternal Life: Therefore Choose

September 22nd, 2017 by G.

All that is Good is inside this creation – creation is where the concept of Good has meaning. In particular all loving relationships are inside of creation, made possible by God’s creation.
Yet there is another reality outside of creation; so denial of Christianity is not incoherent – there is another reality which might coherently be chosen in preference to God’s creation.
What would such an opt-out of God’s creation entail? Outside creation is not evil; but it is chaotic, meaningless, purposeless and lacking in any true relationships between beings.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

Very good, though I don’t know if it makes much sense to distinguish between that which is evil and that which is chaotic, meaningless, purposeless and lacking in true relationship. (more…)

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September 22nd, 2017 05:43:54

Embarrassed by the Gift

September 21st, 2017 by G.

I gave a friend a blessing last night.  The blessing was nothing but generic platitudes, like you could read in a horoscope.  (I am not saying the blessing was not inspired.  Platitudes are mostly what people need to hear.)

I was thinking it over.  I recall having given many blessings that were more specific and more miraculous in their content.  In a mild way, my lads, I am no Moses or Joseph Smith.  Even so, enough that it was obvious to those of us involved that the hand of God was in it.  I was trying to remember the details, but couldn’t.

Why?  I had not realized before, but a common feature of all the blessings I’ve given where some of the power of Godliness was present was embarrassment on my part.  I treated it like I would any other compliment and distanced myself from the whole thing.  After the strictest sect of our culture I lived a WASP.

I think some change of attitude is in order.  I need to exult a little more.

This may come as a bit of surprise to you, dear fellows, since I exult plenty on the blog.  And for those who know me in real life, too, since I have my turns of swaggering around cock-a-hoop, which is how I ended up with a wife far prettier than my merits.

But to that I say that the exultation I do here is not for myself and to the extent that it is, is something in the nature of practice and play.  And the real life swaggering is more than half a joke.

Cease to be more embarrassed than is needful.

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September 21st, 2017 06:41:36

Effort to Effortless

September 21st, 2017 by G.

Conversion is such that walking in love and glory requires a lot of conscious effort at first.  The default is to slip out of it, and in fact mostly we do.  We have to repent and summon up our resolve to get back in.

With time and experience, it becomes more natural.  It takes more effort to sin.  One has to work at it.

At some point, it becomes impossible to not walk in love and glory.  It is not only the  natural state.  It is the only state.

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September 21st, 2017 06:10:49

Ambiguity

September 20th, 2017 by Vader

The other day, His Majesty and I were in a bit of a rush to get to a formal dinner and fund raiser. We don’t attend many such events any more — for which I am deeply grateful — but His Majesty insisted on this one. It was a Greenpeace dinner, whose purpose was to raise funds to oppose the use of chemicals to control mosquito populations in the areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

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September 20th, 2017 16:20:06

Link Corral

September 20th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

Gints, I aim to round up a few links.

This here cayus J.S. Mills was an goldurn hornswoggling skunk and a varmint.  Taint natcheral that we base our moral cogitations on the screech-owl hootin’s of a feller who needed ridin’ out o’ town on a rail.

Their marriage was preceded by twenty years of brazen and self-righteous infidelity. When Mill met Harriet she was married to a good-natured pharmacist of enlightened political opinions, if no great intelligence, named John Taylor. After three years of growing mutual obsession, they bullied him into giving Harriet her own household, where she lived with their three children and entertained Mill on weekends. No one, not even his family, was permitted to mention Harriet’s name in Mill’s presence, much less to allude to the scandal their conduct had raised. His oldest friend, John Arthur Roebuck, was the only one who ever dared; Mill never spoke to him again. The couple withdrew into their private ménage, reassuring each other that it was only society’s “baby morality” (her phrase) that cast shame on their exalted passion.

I have a pair of hosses that is as matched as a feller could want.  I call the one o’ them Cassandra and t’other Mark Steyn.

‘Margaret Thatcher famously said that the problem with socialism was that you eventually run out of other people’s money. Similarly, the problem with open borders lunacy is that eventually you run out of other people’s neighbourhoods

 

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September 20th, 2017 15:23:36

Can Christianity save the West? And which church?

September 19th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Bruce C has written of a need for return to basic/mere Christianity in his blog albionawakening.blogspot.com/ (more…)

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September 19th, 2017 17:56:53

Proud of Joseph

September 19th, 2017 by G.

Image result for joseph smith first vision statue

We are rightly proud of Joseph Smith.

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September 19th, 2017 07:26:06

Age

September 18th, 2017 by G.

Age is when even your embarrassing memories start to fade.

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September 18th, 2017 12:09:19

September Canyon

September 18th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Southwest/American/Mormon life. (more…)

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September 18th, 2017 05:46:57

Bricks

September 18th, 2017 by G.

I can’t tell you the number of couples I have counseled who, when they are deeply hurt or even just deeply stressed, reach farther and farther into the past to find yet a bigger brick to throw through the window “pain” of their marriage. . . . [I]t is not right to go back and open up some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died trying to heal.

-thus Elder Holland

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September 18th, 2017 05:13:44

Religion for Atheists

September 17th, 2017 by Zen

Or in other words, why religion is needed, even for the disbelievers.

In my limited experience, while atheists disbelieve in Deity, they still have a sense (if incomplete) of what right and wrong is. Let us give credit where credit is due.

From that great respository of human knowledge, Wikipedia
“There is no scholarly consensus over the definition of “religion”. Conventionally, a “religion” is any cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, ethics, or organizations, that relate humanity to the supernatural or transcendental. Religions relate humanity to what anthropologist Clifford Geertz has referred to as a cosmic “order of existence”.” (more…)

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September 17th, 2017 21:22:35

Undocumented Renters

September 15th, 2017 by G.

No doubt they had begun to put down roots at the apartment, and were therefore justified in resisting removal from an apartment that Americans will not rent. As it happens, both also had reason to dread repatriation to their legal place of residence, as in that place both would be subject to persecution by officious busybodies wielding warrants for “robbery,” “theft,” and “non-payment of child support.”

Obviously, compassionate men and women will see them as dreamers and refugees

-from here

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September 15th, 2017 07:37:00

Big Google Brother

September 15th, 2017 by G.

Google skews search results in favor of hard left sites and tries to steer people away from even mainstream conservative sites. In our democracy, non-citizens are routinely registered to vote, there is growing evidence of ineligible voters voting, as we have documented here, and we use voting technology that we are not sure is secure or that we can even know is secure.

I am not surprised.

Antitrust now.

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September 15th, 2017 06:10:17

Heaven Help Us

September 14th, 2017 by Bertie

That blighter Steggles is making book on jihadis.

One instinctively sees how the thing will work, of course. Each attack is scored by the victims and the number of candelight vigils–though one does wonder if the jihadi himself will count if he kills himself also, surely the race stewards can only grant partial credit –and then the competitors are compared with due adjustments for their handicap.

All the same, is nothing sacred? One does have one’s code, dash it. The thing is scarcely preux. (more…)

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September 14th, 2017 09:46:38